GOMI members continue to contribute

GOMI Students present and past continue to honor to be recognized for  their contributions to a better world. The Newburyport Paper  announced that Jeff Reppucci, founding member of the Newburyport GOMI  team, was named the winner of College Hockey’s Humanitarian Award. This  award encompasses all collegiate hockey players men or women in all  three divisions. When you read of the great works that Jeff is doing  know that his fire and passion was kindled as a member of GOMI with his  strong connections and friendships with our urban and native american  teams. Jeff’s outgoing personality and drive could win anyone over and  his passion to help the underserved through sports is very commendable.
Congratulations Jeff!

April 11, 2014

Port’s Reppucci wins national Hockey Humanitarian Award By Mac Cerullo Sports Editor PHILADELPHIA 

Jeffrey Reppucci, a Newburyport native and a senior on the Holy Cross ice hockey team, has been honored as this year’s recipient of the Hockey Humanitarian Award.

Presented annually to college hockey’s finest citizen, the Hockey Humanitarian Award is one of college hockey’s most prestigious awards, and athletes of both genders from all divisions are eligible to win. Reppucci was named one of five finalists in February, and yesterday he was presented with the award at the Frozen Four in Philadelphia.

Reppucci was honored for his extensive service work, which has primarily been focused on bringing sports and wellness programs to poor communities around the world. He is the founder and president of the nonprofit Students Helping Children Across Borders, which has designed, raised funds for and executed more than $125,000 worth of infrastructural development projects in five different countries.

He is also the founder and executive director of Working for Worcester, a project that seeks to mobilize local college students to help make similar improvements around the city.

“It’s a great, great recognition for our work and our organization and these projects,” Reppucci said. “I am so excited to get to represent Holy Cross, our team and hockey program. It’s been a crazy journey over these past few years working on these projects. It’s been such a wonderful experience, and this is an award that I share with a lot of wonderful people who have supported me and helped me. So it’s great to get this recognition.”

In terms of using the award to maximize his organization’s exposure, the timing couldn’t be better. Tomorrow, Working for Worcester will be holding its big annual project, which will see 1,200 volunteers from 10 local universities go out and install $100,000 worth of playgrounds, basketball courts, gardens and other improvements across the city.

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Digby Neck/Islands report


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WINTER issue MW revised_web

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New youth reps in Newburyport

image004Jake Shactman and Lauren Healey are taking over from Chris Orlando and James Nutter as Newburyport reps on the Board of 8Towns and the Great Marsh which encompasses all the coastal communities of Essex County. They attended their first meeting Monday and Jakes report to the Mayor is provided below.

Dear Mayor Holaday,

On April 7th,Lauren Healey, John Halloran, and I attended an Eight Towns meeting in partnership with a local  chapter of Trout Unlimited in Ipswich. For Lauren and I, this was our first meeting with Eight Towns. The presenter was Charlie Costello, a retired member of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection who gave a presentation on “Eelgrass”.

Eelgrass is a vascular plant that grows in brackish water, and thrives in calm estuaries. It is a very important plant for the ecosystem in these estuaries. Some benefits is that it provides a natural barrier against erosion, gives juvenile fish shelter, and makes as an affective breeding ground for shellfish such as scallops and oysters, protecting them from the invasive green crab.

Throughout the past 30 years, eelgrass has seen a dramatic decline across coastal New England, and especially Cape Ann. What used to have a thriving population of eelgrass, the Plum Island Sound currently has none at all. This has been the case throughout neighboring coastlines in Essex and Gloucester as well, where entire eelgrass populations have been depleted. Through his observations, Mr. Costello found that the main cause was due to overpopulating the coastline. Because of the increasing human presence, run off due to poor sewage treatment facilities and harsh fertilizers are to blame. Although this does not directly affect the eelgrass, it does cause an increase in algal blooms. Along with this influx in algae comes repercussions. For the eelgrass, algae acts as a stressor and causes the plant to retreat towards shallower waters. This is because eelgrass needs sunlight in order to photosynthesize, and with algae blocking/absorbing this light the eelgrass has no other choice but to do so. This has resulted in a 25% loss in eelgrass in the last 20 years. At this rate, eelgrass is a species that needs to be protected as soon as possible and at all necessary cost.

Although a controversial topic, and one that Mr. Costello did not completely agree nor disagree with, re-planting eelgrass is a method that may help the population rebound in certain areas. Although it can’t hurt to try, Mr. Costello found that it was more important to focus on preserving what is left. Because none is left in Newburyport, efforts to re-plant eelgrass are beginning, and one local is planning on starting this summer. This may be a potential area of interest for the Newburyport GOMI team, which I’m sure would be willing to help out with this process. Hopefully this is something that can be carried out successfully.

 Thank you for your continued support of the Gulf of Maine Institute.

 Most respectfully,

Jake Shactman


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Lauren Healy recognized as Youth Hero

The American Red Cross of Northeast Massachusetts - March 12, 2014

Youth Hero Lauren Healey!
1004831_747846265248374_906344636_nNewburyport High student Lauren Healey has had a significant impact across the North Shore as an environmental activist. Her design for a green roof covered with soil and plants not only won her an award at the state science fair last year but caught the eye of Newburyport’s recycling coordinator who sought Lauren’s help in building a display facility for the city. Recently her outstanding civic contributions brought a special commendation from the Mayor.

Over 500 people attended to recognize Heroes from all walks of life. Lauren was accompanied by her parents Jim and Joanne plus her Aunt and Grandmother. John Halloran attended in support of Lauren along with Donna Holaday, Mayor of Newburyport and Molly Ettenborough, Energy and Recycling Coordinator for Newburyport.

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Shots of New England mini-conference

Here are a few random shots take at the recent New England mini-conference.

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Lauren Healy gets Award

NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA

February 21, 2014
Port teen selected as ‘Youth Hero’ by Red Cross


Lauren on her rooftop garden.

Lauren on her rooftop garden.

—- — NEWBURYPORT —A Newburyport High School student will be among those honored in March when the American Red Cross holds its annual Heroes Breakfast.

According to Red Cross spokeswoman Frederica Doeringer, 17-year-old Lauren Healey epitomizes what the agency had in mind when it drew up its Youth Hero category. Lauren’s commitment to the environment and her community through her volunteer work makes her the perfect choice for the award, designed to honor a student who demonstrates those leadership qualities.

“Lauren is very intelligent and really loves science,” Doeringer said. “She won first prize at her high school science fair with her ‘Green Roof’ project,” and took fourth place at the state science fair held at MIT. But she’s continued her environmental efforts and works with middle school students. She’s committed to a plan for clean energy.”

Lauren also has Red Cross CPR and First Aid certifications, Doeringer said, showing her constant willingness to help others.

Doeringer said Lauren was nominated for the award by John Halloran, a retired teacher she works with on projects with the Gulf of Maine Institute in an effort to solve environmental problems.

“He said, ‘Lauren is the first to volunteer when there is an opportunity to help out and serve her community,’” Doeringer said. “She really impressed us as someone who is doing good work, both through her ‘Green Roof’ project, and her involvement in her community so Newburyport would have a better future.”

An enthusiastic high honor roll student, Lauren is the daughter of James and Joann Healey, both of whom, she said, have encouraged her, her twin sister, Meghan, and older brother, Justin, in their love of science and commitment to the environment in which they live.

“When I was little my mother would teach nature programs and they were really interesting,” Lauren said. “My father knows all about tools and building. I learned from him and I was able to build my Green Roof project myself. And over the years I always had good science teachers in school in Newburyport. I remember them as always being really engaging.”

The idea of green roofs captivated Lauren, leading her to enter the Newburyport High and state science fairs. A green roof basically is a roof with plants on it, she said, and acts as insulation and helps reduce heating and cooling costs. The result is a reduction in the amount of energy used, as well as storm water management.

After doing well at the science fairs, Lauren was invited by town officials to build a green roof at Newburyport’s Crow Lane Compost Center. Now, some seventh-grade students get to use it as an aspect of their environmental education.

But that’s not the end of her volunteer activities. She and her team at the Gulf of Maine Institute do the water quality testing of the Merrimack River in Newburyport, she said, and they take on other projects as volunteers.

Plans for her future include a career in either environmental science or engineering.

“It would really be cool if I could do scientific research; I love doing field work,” she said. “Or I’d love to build things in the environmental field.”

A junior, she spent this week’s vacation investigating colleges where she will continue her education. And after spending time at MIT during the state science fair, it’s definitely on her list.

The teen will be honored during the Red Cross Heroes Breakfast on March 20. For more information on the breakfast, visit www.redcross.org/ma/peabody, or call 978-922-2224.

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Gulf of Maine Council 2014 Awards

Below is information on the Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environments Awards for 2014.  Awards are assigned by Province and State so someone from Massachusetts is not in competition with someone from New Brunswick.  We already have eight of our adult leaders as recipients of Visionary or other GOMC awards.  The most likely award category for youth would be the Visionary Award encourage team leader to nominate a candidate. There is no financial part to this, however, it is an honor and would look great on a university application.

And, by the way, you should feel free to nominate others working with or for you to the other awards.

Deadline:  All nominations must be submitted by March 30, 2014.

• Gulf of Maine Visionary Awards
Up to two individuals, businesses, or organizations within each state and province bordering the Gulf of Maine will be selected to receive Visionary Awards (paid professionals or volunteers are eligible). The awards recognize innovation, creativity, and commitment to protecting the marine environment. Recipients may work in the fields of environmental science, education, conservation or policy. They may be engaged in projects that involve public awareness, grassroots action, or business/manufacturing practices.
• Gulf of Maine Sustainable Community Award
Each year, the Gulf of Maine Council recognizes a community, or group within a community, for exemplary work in achieving sustainability outcomes related to the environment and economy, that are in line with the objectives of the Council’s Action Plan.
• Longard Volunteer Award
The Council presents this annual award to an outstanding volunteer within the Gulf watershed who has made significant contributions to conserving or managing the Gulf’s resources. Past recipients have been involved in stewardship projects, educational programs, volunteer monitoring and scientific research. The award is named in memory of Art Longard, a Nova Scotia resident and devoted conservationist who helped to conceive and launch the Gulf of Maine Council.

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About Snowflakes

An interesting story for this time of year. Appreciate winter!Snow


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Place based education in Newburyport

The following is a link to an article in the Newburyport paper on a project done with the support of the NEF Business Coalition Partnership Grant program.  Freelance writer, Lori Day, said that she plan to write more stories like this.


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Easy contributions to GOMI

Sign-up with iGive and contribute to GOMI with on-line purchases you are already making. See www.iGive.com to join and get details.


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